So much for Bardolatry! (Drunken) Romeo and Juliet in Shit-faced Shakespeare

  • Dan Mills Independent Researcher


A review of the Atlanta production of Romeo and Juliet by the Shit-faced Shakespeare company. Argues that the performance "highlighted the populist nature of American Shakespearean appropriation and commodification and the intersection of highbrow and lowbrow culture in American society" and "explores these aspects of Shakespearean appropriation through engagement with the writings of Antonin Artaud, Guy Debord, and Lawrence Levine on the theatre of cruelty, the society of the spectacle, and highbrow and lowbrow culture, respectively."


Artaud, Antonin. The Theater and Its Double. Translated by Mary Caroline Richards. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1958.

Debord, Guy. The Society of the Spectacle. Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith. New York: Zone Books, 2002.

Levine, Lawrence W. Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988.

Performance Reviews